Friday, September 29, 2000, Chandigarh, India

Putin’s Pak visit raises eyebrows
MOSCOW, Sept 28 — The announcement of an official visit of Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin to Pakistan has taken diplomatic circles here by surprise. The timing of breaking such a news has baffled both friends and foes of India.

Defence deal with Russia on cards
NEW DELHI, Sept 28 — India has been assured by the Russian Federation that the armaments being supplied to China will not find their way to Pakistan which is desperately looking beyond its borders for replenishment of its military hardware.


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PM: Pak stepping up proxy war
New Delhi, Sept 28 — The Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, today accused Pakistan of stepping up its terror campaign in direct proportion to the mounting desire for peace among people in Jammu and Kashmir.

Thermal plant’s pollution hits 30 villages
ROPAR, Sept 28 — Though the local Super Thermal Plant of the PSEB has brought “ light” to millions of houses across the state, it has also made life miserable for thousands of people living in about 30 villages in its immediate periphery.

The Ropar thermal plant’s ash-filled dyke

The Ropar thermal plant’s ash-filled dyke, a major source of pollution in the nearby area. — Tribune photo by Karam Singh



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Army chief ‘passing on blame’
Brig Surinder Singh’s interim reply
CHANDIGARH, Sept 28 — In his interim reply, Brig Surinder Singh of Kargil fame today alleged that the show-cause notice issued to him was “the outcome of vindictive, biased, motivated and mala fide action on the part of Chief of Army Staff”.

Cabinet expansion next week?
Shiv Sena demands its pound of flesh

NEW DELHI, Sept 28 — There are indications that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has begun the exercise connected with the long-awaited expansion-cum-reshuffle of his Cabinet. 

Moderate oil price hike by tomorrow
NEW DELHI, Sept 28 — The government will hike the price of oil by Saturday but the good news is that it will not be too steep. The Finance Ministry has agreed to reduce import and excise duties and issue oil bonds that will work out to two-thirds burden of the estimated Rs 23,600 crore oil pool deficit by the end of the fiscal year.

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Faulty EVMs replaced in Sunam
Protest by ‘sanjha morcha’ men

SUNAM, Sept 28 — Activists of the Congress and the SHSAD raised a hue and cry when told the presiding officers had found that only five buttons of the control unit of the 14 electronic voting machines (EVMs), instead of 13, were working. The remaining eight buttons of each EVM failed to register votes during checking of the machines.

Veerappan’s hostage escapes
CHENNAI/MYSORE, Sept 28 — In a sensational turn to the 60-day-old hostage crisis involving film star Rajkumar, one of the four captives, Nagappa, escaped from the hideout of forest brigand Veerappan, in the early hours today.

Kale Kachhewale possess I-cards!
BATHINDA, Sept 28 — In a unique modus operandi, members of Kale Kachhewale gang, involved in countless murders, dacoities and robberies in the state, have been possessing character certificates issued to them by District Magistrates, Executive Magistrates and school heads, identity cards of political parties, photographs with senior officials and politicians to escape from the police net.

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